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 United States Ambassador April Glaspie

"... I admire your extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. I know you need funds. We understand that and our opinion is that you should have the opportunity to rebuild your country. But we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.

"I was in the American Embassy in Kuwait during the late 60's. The instruction we had during this period was that we should express no opinion on this issue and that the issue is not associated with America. James Baker has directed our official spokesmen to emphasize this instruction. We hope you can solve this problem using any suitable methods via Klibi or via President Mubarak. All that we hope is that these issues are solved quickly. With regard to all of this, can I ask you to see how the issue appears to us?"

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In a parallel blunder, on July 25, 1990, April Glaspie, then U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Saddam Hussein, that nation's dictator, in a face-to-face meeting: "We have no opinion of your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait." She added that Secretary of State James Baker "has directed me ...
Old-fashioned diplomacy involves direct communication between representatives of nations, a conversational give and take, often fraught with deception (see April Glaspie), but an exchange nonetheless. Public diplomacy, as defined by Beers, is something else entirely. It's a one-way street, a ... Pennsylvania

For example, as far back as 1990 US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie told Saddam Hussein, "[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait," in effect giving the green light to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and setting off the cascade of events that has led to ...
Because without a clear answer, the ambiguity, deliberate or otherwise, might lead to something close to the April Glaspie scenario – the former US ambassador to Iraq who supposedly “lured” Saddam Hussein into the invasion of Kuwait by being vague about Washington's stance, even suggesting consent ...
... which was a U.S. ally that supplied America with oil. Hussein was angry that Kuwait kept oil prices down by overproducing, and even reportedly was slant-drilling Iraqi oil under the border. Knowing that an invasion of Kuwait might upset the U.S., Hussein infamously asked U.S. Ambassador April ... military

“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their ... military
Hussein was angry that Kuwait kept oil prices down by overproducing, and even reportedly was slant-drilling Iraqi oil under the border. Knowing that an invasion of Kuwait might upset the US, Hussein infamously asked US Ambassador April Glaspie about the prospective invasion. Glaspie, under the orders ... military
Hussein was angry that Kuwait kept oil prices down by overproducing, and even reportedly was slant-drilling Iraqi oil under the border. Knowing that an invasion of Kuwait might upset the US, Hussein infamously asked US Ambassador April Glaspie about the prospective invasion. Glaspie, under the orders ... military
In July 1990, Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie reportedly assured Saddam Hussein, in careful diplomatese, that the Bush administration had no interest in adjudicating “Arab-Arab” border disputes between Iraq and Kuwait. A relieved Saddam invaded Kuwait a few weeks later. We might have wished that ... military
Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie's solo discussion with Saddam Hussein before the Gulf War being a prototypical case. Meetings where one or both sides lack a note taker give the more devious of the two free reign to issue ... military
Before Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saddam Hussein hosted a very important guest: then U.S. Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie. In her meeting with Saddam, Glaspie said the U.S. wished to be on amicable terms with Iraq while guaranteeing that they would remain impartial with regard to the border conflict ... military
I'm generally not inclined to take issue with my FP colleagues, but David Kenner's recent posting on the WikiLeaks release of a cable recounting Saddam Hussein's infamous meeting with U.S. ambassador April Glaspie deserves a response. In an article headlined "Why One U.S. Diplomat Didn't Cause the ... military
On July 25, 1990, Saddam Hussein summoned April Glaspie, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, to discuss Iraq's brewing dispute with Kuwait. Their discussion would eventually cost Glaspie her promising career as a diplomat. One week after the meeting, Saddam's troops would storm into Kuwait, ... military
The cable, whose official title was “Saddam's Message of Friendship to President Bush” details the meeting between US Ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990, just a week before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The meeting has long been a matter of speculation, as it had long been ... military
Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats failed to pick up signs that Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Kuwait, and that they painted his regime in a consistently favorable light in the years leading up to the conflict. military
On July 25, 1990, with Iraqi military forces massing on the border with Kuwait, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie requested her first meeting with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The two nations were in the grip of a dispute over oil rights and other matters, with Iraq laying claim to Kuwait as its 19th province as a ... military

“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their ... military
Hussein was angry that Kuwait kept oil prices down by overproducing, and even reportedly was slant-drilling Iraqi oil under the border. Knowing that an invasion of Kuwait might upset the US, Hussein infamously asked US Ambassador April Glaspie about the prospective invasion. Glaspie, under the orders ... military
Newton's replacement, April Glaspie, had been recalled after a controversial meeting with Hussein in which she had failed to communicate how strongly the United States would oppose his idea of invading Kuwait. The United States was days away from unleashing the 1991 Gulf War. But that's a different ... military
In 1990, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie's utterances to Saddam Hussein were interpreted as American indifference toward a potential Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The dire consequences of that mistake led to war, cost lives and treasure, and continue to haunt America 27 years later. If Glaspie instead told the ... military
In July 1990, Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie reportedly assured Saddam Hussein, in careful diplomatese, that the Bush administration had no interest in adjudicating “Arab-Arab” border disputes between Iraq and Kuwait. A relieved Saddam invaded Kuwait a few weeks later. We might have wished that ... military
Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie's solo discussion with Saddam Hussein before the Gulf War being a prototypical case. Meetings where one or both sides lack a note taker give the more devious of the two free reign to issue ... military
Before Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saddam Hussein hosted a very important guest: then U.S. Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie. In her meeting with Saddam, Glaspie said the U.S. wished to be on amicable terms with Iraq while guaranteeing that they would remain impartial with regard to the border conflict ... military
I'm generally not inclined to take issue with my FP colleagues, but David Kenner's recent posting on the WikiLeaks release of a cable recounting Saddam Hussein's infamous meeting with U.S. ambassador April Glaspie deserves a response. In an article headlined "Why One U.S. Diplomat Didn't Cause the ... military
On July 25, 1990, Saddam Hussein summoned April Glaspie, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, to discuss Iraq's brewing dispute with Kuwait. Their discussion would eventually cost Glaspie her promising career as a diplomat. One week after the meeting, Saddam's troops would storm into Kuwait, ... military
The cable, whose official title was “Saddam's Message of Friendship to President Bush” details the meeting between US Ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990, just a week before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The meeting has long been a matter of speculation, as it had long been ... military
Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats failed to pick up signs that Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Kuwait, and that they painted his regime in a consistently favorable light in the years leading up to the conflict. military
Newton's replacement, April Glaspie, had been recalled after a controversial meeting with Hussein in which she had failed to communicate how strongly the United States would oppose his idea of invading Kuwait. The United States was days away from unleashing the 1991 Gulf War. But that's a different ... military
In 1990, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie's utterances to Saddam Hussein were interpreted as American indifference toward a potential Iraqi ... military
In 1990, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie's utterances to Saddam Hussein were interpreted as American indifference toward a potential Iraqi ... military
Yes, the Gulf War was U.N. approved and the whole world got behind it because (April Glaspie's backstory notwithstanding) the prima facie ... military
In July 1990, Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie reportedly assured Saddam Hussein, in careful diplomatese, that the Bush administration had ... military
Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie's solo discussion with Saddam ... military
Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie's solo discussion with Saddam ... military
Before Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saddam Hussein hosted a very important guest: then U.S. Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie. In her meeting with ... military
... of the George H.W. Bush administration's ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, telling Saddam Hussein in 1990 that the U.S. had no “no opinion ... military
... when the Argentine junta mistakenly thought that President Ronald Reagan would back them and not the United Kingdom in the Falklands crisis, and in 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait because they mistakenly thought American diplomat April Glaspie backed the idea that Iraq had a claim on Kuwait. military
The ghost of April Glaspie (the U.S. diplomat who unknowingly may have given Saddam Hussein the green light to invade Kuwait) may be ... military
And no one paid much attention when April Glaspie, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told Saddam Hussein that the United States had no interest in his border dispute with Kuwait until he invaded a week later. The problem is that Article 5 is ambiguous. It does not commit America to automatically defend a ... military
President Bush 41's Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, told Hussein the U.S. did not want a trade war with Iraq. Saddam committed to peace, ... military
... Saddam Hussein felt he'd gotten a green light to invade Kuwait from ambiguous statements made by U.S. ambassador April Glaspie, but they ... military
In a now famous interview with the Iraqi leader, U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie told Saddam, '[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, ... military
... Message of Friendship to President Bush” details the meeting between US Ambassador April Glaspie and Saddam Hussein on July 25, 1990 ... military
On the morning of July 25, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein called in the US Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie. It was her first meeting with ... military
In July 1990, Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie reportedly assured Saddam Hussein, in careful diplomatese, that the Bush administration had ... military
... don't bother to defend Kuwait from unwarranted military force from Saddam -- there was no excuse for April Glaspie to accomodate Saddam. military
Similarly, Saddam Hussein reportedly believed that U.S. ambassador April Glaspie's remarks to him about the border dispute between Iraq and ... military
Without them, senior leaders can end up in disastrous versions of he said she said; Ambassador April Glaspie's solo discussion with Saddam ... military
... when he decided to march on Kuwait and received vague pledges of non-intervention by the US ambassador to Baghdad April Glaspie. military


 

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